If you’re considering stockpiling frozen rodents for future use, you may wonder how long they can safely stay frozen before being discarded.
The answer to this question depends on several factors, such as the type and size of the rodent, the no longer-frozen temperature it is exposed to, and other storage conditions.
In this blog post, we’ll go into depth about these different variables so that you can find out exactly how long your stash of frozen rodents will last.
How Long Can Frozen Rodents Last?
The answer depends on several factors, such as the type of rodent and the conditions in which it was frozen.
Generally speaking, frozen rodents will last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years if stored properly.
Most people opt for the 6-month option since anything past that point pushes your luck; after all, no one wants their pet to eat spoiled food.
If your goal is to store frozen rodents for longer than six months, there are a few things you can do.
- First, ensure your freezer operates consistently at -18°C (0°F). This ensures that the rodents are preserved in their best condition possible. Additionally, be sure to tightly wrap each rodent in airtight packaging before putting it in the freezer; this stops air from entering and keeps bacteria and other contaminants away from your pet’s food source.
- Finally, suppose you’re storing rodents for extended periods (more than one year). In that case, investing in a specialized deep-freezing unit explicitly designed for long-term storage of small animal foods like rodents and insects may be wise. These units maintain temperatures well below -18°C (0°F) so that your pet’s food source remains safe and edible no matter how long it has been stored.
Providing your pet with a steady supply of high-quality food can be difficult but not impossible with proper planning and foresight. By freezing rodents and storing them in an appropriately cool environment, you can ensure your pet can access fresh food for up to two years or more.
Remember to practice due diligence when selecting high-quality specimens from reliable sources and to wrap them tightly before storing them in the freezer. Then, with proper care and maintenance, you can rest assured that your pets will always have access to fresh meals – no matter how long they’ve been stored.